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KPC demands Nagaland BJP to publicly apologise to press fraternity

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DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 24: Kohima Press Club (KPC) has accused Nagaland BJP’s media convenor Sapralu Nyekha of cyber-bullying one of its members, Emilo K Konyak of Nagaland Post and demanded a public apology “to the press fraternity”.
In a press release issued on Friday, the Club stated that on February 18, it had written to the top brass of Nagaland BJP, as well as the BJP National Spokesperson and in-charge of Nagaland Nalin S Kohli, regarding the “uncouth behaviour and cyber bullying of journalists” by Sapralu. But till date, the BJP not responded, it stated.
According to the Club, Sapralu resorted to “unwarranted aggression and unprofessional behaviour” when three journalists interacting with her in a WhatsApp group had pointed out “a piece of misinformation” regarding the visit of a Union Minister to Nagaland.
“At least two leading newspapers in Nagaland which used the communiqué from the State BJP media cell ended up publishing factually inaccurate news. When Nyekha displayed ignorance about the misinformation, one of the journalists asked her to stay updated about her party’s activities and ensure that all press statements are crosschecked by the BJP Nagaland media cell. Nyekha responded to the suggestion with extreme aggression and called the journalists engaged in the conversation to fight.
“Concerned over the development, the KPC wrote to the State BJP leadership asking for clarification on the behaviour of the party functionary and attached screenshots of the conversation to the party leaders. Despite this, Nyekha launched an unrelenting personal attack, singling out one particular journalist, Emilo K Konyak, senior Correspondent of Nagaland Post, even the following day amplifying a false narrative to the point of even saying the journalist is seeking limelight at her expense as it is election time. Instead of accepting her mistake, Nyekha continued the online harassment in an attempt to malign the character of the concerned Journalist”, it stated.
KPC stated that the State BJP leadership’s silence on the issue was an indication that party condones “such unprofessional and loutish behaviour” of its party functionaries.
“It also shows that the BJP is apparently indifferent to the dissemination of wrong information about the party’s activities by its media cell. The Kohima Press Club condemns the cyber bullying by State BJP media cell convener Nyekha on journalists and demand that she publicly apologises to the press fraternity. If otherwise the BJP feels that the behaviour of its media cell convenor is justified, we ask the party make public its response”, it added.
The Club also stated that Nagaland BJP, including its National Spokesperson, “seem highly reluctant to address the wrongdoing of its functionary”. This implies that the national party has no regard for the press/media fraternity of Nagaland, it stated.
(Page News Service)